Colin Caffell Sculpture Commissions - the full works
Sculptor, potter, garden designer and writer

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Commissioning of sculptures

I am always willing to undertake commissions either for portraits or original works.

You may have seen something on this website that you would like to have developed further, either in size, a variation on a theme or to suit a particular location. You may have a specific idea of your own that you would like to have me develop or alternatively, you may be considering a portrait bust or figure of your child, loved one or a colleague.

The commissioning process at this stage does vary slightly between original works or portraits.


These can either be full figure, part figure, head and shoulders or head only.

After initial contact by telephone or e-mail, I like to meet the subject either at my studio or, preferably, in their own environment where they might be far more relaxed and true to their surroundings. Here, I would get a sense of the person's character and posture, and, through creative dialogue, arrive at a possible pose.


 Film actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast,
Night at the Museum lll) being measured up for a portrait

I will also take a number of photographs and measurements from which I can formulate my ideas and rough out the basic sculpture back at my studio, should we proceed. These will also give me a basis for foundry and material costings needed for the finished quote.

For this meeting I ask only expenses for travel.

Working arrangements

Once we have agreed a pose, I will send a written quote for the finished work. If work is to proceed, I will then require 40% of the quote before I can begin.

Receipt of this will constitute a contract to create the original in clay.

Once the piece has been roughed out in my studio, I will need to diary in a number of live sittings at my studio with the subject in order to complete the work.

Working on two thirds life sized full figure of 9-year-old 
Lulu Brookes

When the clay is completed to our mutual satisfaction, I will then require a second payment of 40% in order to begin the casting process.

Receipt of this will constitute an agreement that the clay original is finished to your satisfaction and a contract to cast the work in the agreed material (usually bronze).

Once the casting process begins, changes to the original form are no longer possible

The final 20% will be payable on delivery of the finished sculpture.


After initial contact by phone and/or e-mail, to discuss the preliminary idea, I like to meet, either at my studio or at the proposed site where I can take photographs and begin to form more concrete ideas. I see this stage very much as a creative process between client and artist for which I would require only travel costs to be covered.

Unless there is a specific budget, any costings at this stage can only be given as a 'ball park' figure.

Once a brief has been decided upon, I usually need to produce one or two small rough maquettes as a means of sketching out the idea. Quotes for any design work of this kind will be given in advance based upon the requirements of the brief. Design work will proceed on receipt of this payment.

Costings for the finished work are only finalized once the design and scale of the finished piece are agreed. The final material will have to be taken into consideration at this stage (ie. bronze or resin).

From this point on, working arrangements are the same as for a portrait commission (above).

Note: The production of plinths and pedestals, their fixings and (in the case of larger works) installation are always costed separately.

The completed Memorial to Cornish Hard Rock Miners at Geevor Mine, Pendeen